Drill aids Texas town in emergency response

The city received high marks for its response, coordination and control during a December incident

By Jeff B. Flinn
San Antonio Express-News

WINDCREST, Texas — "Practice makes perfect," or so they say. In the city of Windcrest, practice certainly helps, especially in the case of emergency.

In July, more than 100 Bexar County area first responders took part in a hazmat drill in an unoccupied portion of the former Windsor Park Mall, now occupied by Rackspace Hosting. Fire, EMS, police and emergency management personnel from Bexar County, San Antonio, Windcrest and surrounding cities and agencies responded to the drill, which staged a hostage situation complicated by the potential release of foreign and hazardous chemicals.

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